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Thinking of Taking SAT Subject Tests this Fall?


The fall semester is here and the college application process is picking up steam. Does your student need one last shot to boost his or her application? SAT subject tests are one-hour exams offered in a variety of academic subjects. While not required by most colleges, subject tests are a way to demonstrate your student’s aptitude and depth in a particular subject. Good subject test scores provide a nice boost to your student’s college applications!

SAT Subject Tests: Fast Facts

  • You can take SAT Subject Tests on the same days as the SAT: November 7th and December 5th in 2020.  You should plan your student’s testing schedule in advance so that he or she has time for both the SAT and the subject tests.
  • SAT subject tests are offered in many subjects: math, literature, US and world history, biology, chemistry, physics, and most languages.
  • Students can take up to 3 subject tests on one day, but we recommend taking no more than 2 at a time.

Which SAT subject tests should my student take?

Our test prep students tend to perform best on subject tests in high-level courses they have recently completed.  For instance, if your student is currently enrolled in AP US History, he or she might consider taking the subject test in US History in May or June.

If your student is currently taking or has taken precalculus and/or trig, the Math Level 2 exam is a good choice. 

For those who enjoy reading and do well in English, the Literature exam would be a natural fit.


When are the SAT subject tests offered, and how can I register for them?

The SAT subject tests are offered on November 7th and December 5th, 2020, concurrently with the SAT (so students cannot take the SAT and the subject tests on the same day).

You can register for SAT subject tests on the College Board’s website.

AJ Tutoring’s Approach to SAT Subject Test Tutoring

In order to fully prepare students to take an SAT subject test, we meet with them for three or four 90-minute sessions.  During those sessions, we cover timing, guessing strategy, and question interpretation. Using results from students’ practice tests, we also pinpoint content gaps and teach students valuable concepts they may have missed in school.

AJ Tutoring currently offers subject test tutoring in most subjects.  For more information, please consult our website.

If your student is planning to take SAT subject tests in November or December, now is the time to start preparing.  By starting preparation early, we can effectively space out the tutoring sessions and maximize your student’s content retention. Learn more about our test prep program.


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